Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke's picture
Affiliation: 
Oxford University
Credentials: 
Professor of Economics

Voting history

The Future of Central Bank Independence

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Question 2: Do you agree that the traditional argument that less central bank independence leads to higher inflation will (still) be relevant over the next 48 months in Western economies?

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Answer:
Agree
Confidence level:
Not confident

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Question 3: More generally, do you agree that it is desirable to maintain central bank independence? Again focus on the near future, say next 48 months.

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Answer:
Agree
Confidence level:
Not confident

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Question 1: Do you agree that central bank independence in the Eurozone and the UK will decline over the next 48 months?

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Answer:
No opinion
Confidence level:
Confident

German Council of Economic Experts' view of ECB policy

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Question 2: Do you agree that the ECB's monetary policy masks structural problems of member states?

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Answer:
Disagree
Confidence level:
Confident
Comment:
A country with structural problems may still need supportive macroeconomic policies so this strikes me as a very odd statement.

German current account surpluses

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Question 2: Do you agree that the German government should increase public spending given its persistently large current account surplus and given that it is part of the Eurozone?

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Answer:
Strongly agree
Confidence level:
Extremely confident
Comment:
With insufficient private spending in the Eurozone, governments that are able to have to pick up the slack.

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